As promised, here is the last of the bra installations. Straps and Clasp’s.

Now, I don’t always remove the back of the bra. Mostly it depends on how much time I have and how many bra’s I am doing, if the material has enough of a stretch, I will sew it on the existing bra. Especially if I am on a tight deadline!

I have read that it’s always better, and I do prefer to remove the back and reinforce and replace with the same material as what I used to cover the cups.

In this bra construction, I removed the shoulder straps as well as the back straps.

I used 4 types of material to reconstruct the straps:

  • Gold I used to cover the bra
  • Heavy duty elastic
  • A thick felt for padding
  • Block out vinyl I had laying around
  • Trilobal

To make the back, I measure from under my arm to under my arm across my back. I then cut out the shape I want.

For this bra, I wanted a cross over on my back and a wide to small strap across my back.

I then hand stitched all 4 piece’s together, with much cutting to get the piece’s the same width. Attached the shoulder straps to the top of the bra and attached the heavy duty elastic to the side’s where the back strap will go.

Next I stitched the felt and the gold together and put it over the front of the heavy duty elastic. I then stitched the vinyl and trilobal together and attached it to the back of the heavy duty elastic.

Then it was time to attached the clasp’s to the end and do my fitting to see where to place the opposite clasp’s and where to attach the bottom of the straps.

Once it’s all put together, I took the last of the Trilobal and cut out a semi circle, to cover the instide of the bra.

It looks all pretty and neat and right now one of my favourite outfits.


Melanie Wallis

Melanie started dancing and performing for Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio in 2006.  Under the mentorship of Janka Kliment, Melanie began her training to become an Oriental Dance teacher in 2008 and completed it under Asja Samia in 2011.  Melanie is also a certified health and fitness instructor.   Following Janka’s return to Slovakia in 2013, Melanie and Jessica chose to carry forward the vision of their friend and mentor.  They purchased the studio and continue to teach the art and beauty of the dance to all aspiring belly dancers.